Preface to Representation and Reality in Humans, Other Living Organisms and Intelligent Machines
Book chapter, 2017
This book project is based on several years of collaboration between two editors, starting with the organization of the symposium Computing Nature at the AISB/IACAP World Congress in 2012 in Birmingham. It continued with the AISB50 Convention at Goldsmiths, London in 2014 and the symposium Representation: Humans, Animals and Machines organized in cooperation with Veronica Arriola-Rios, University of Birmingham. During preparation, the book project was presented at the symposium Representation and Reality at UNILOG 2015, World
Congress on Universal Logic in Istanbul. All those events, as well as our networks with research communities of cognitive scientists, computer scientists, philosophers, logicians, AI researchers, roboticists and natural scientists, connect us with the authors of the present volume, offering views on the topic of representation and its connections to reality in humans, other living organisms and machines.
The choice of the title was made so as to refer to historical attempts at making connections, with Wiener’s “Cybernetics: Or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine” (Wiener 1948), and Putnam’s human-centric “Representation and Reality” (Putnam 1988).